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Popular batsman of New Zealand cricket team: Jeremy Coney

by on November 9, 2012
in New Zealand, Profiles

Popular New Zealdn cricket player Jeremy Coney

Jeremy Coney, a former cricketer, played for the New Zealand cricket team and represented his side over 52 Test matches and 88 One Day Internationals. He also captained the team in 15 Tests and 25 ODIs. Coney is remembered as the most victorious batsman that New Zealand ever had.

In 1978-79, he won a triumphant home series against Pakistan that secured his regular standing in the team. This followed with his pertinent presence in the team when it reached the semi finals of the World Cup of 1979. Coney MBE, as a captain lost only one series and in 1984, he won the title of Wisden Cricketer of the Year. When in 1986, he given the responsibility as a captain, NZ won the series and thereby, Coney’s captaincy became a premier playing gesture for the team. Coney also played as a medium-pace bowler in ODIs where he acquired 54 wickets that included 4/46 against Sri Lanka in the season on 1985. He has scored 16 fifties and 3 hundreds in test cricket. 

Owing to his height and approach as a slip fielder, Coney was recognized as The Mantis: a nickname that reflected his devastating aura. In 1986, he won an MBE and now works as a commentator for Test Match Special and Sky TV. 

Jeremy Coney was a very interesting case of a player who excelled at bat in test cricket along with being a right arm medium bowler. Coney played 88 ODIs and took 54 wickets at an average of 37.75 and economy rate of 4.17. His best ODI figure is 4/46. In One day internationa, Coney scored 8 fifties as well with 1874 being his total ODI runs. In test cricket, Coney scored 2668 runs at an average of 37.57 including three hundreds and 16 fifties. His highest test score was 174 runs. In test cricket, he claimed 27 wickets in 52 test matches at an average of 35.77 and at economy rate of 2.04. Jeremy Coney was an asset for Kiwis.

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